This market is located in the middle of Chiang Mai and has got the best reputation as the best night market in Thailand. It’s also one where you can get the best value for your money. The street food area is in the grounds of the Wat Sam Phao Temple. You can choose between some truly fantastic dishes ranging from vegan pancakes with a choice of soy bean, red bear or coconut filling to more traditional noodles dishes, sushi or gyoza. Be prepared to eat standing up because there aren’t many seating areas available!
Kreta Ayer Wet Market - Chinatown, Singapore
This is one of the best fresh markets in the world. People come here to see where the food they’re eating comes from. Every ingredient you need to cook local Singaporean specialities is available in this market, as well as a selection of exotic goods as well. There are also some odder ingredients available such as turtles, frogs, eels, snakes and medicinal dried animal parts. When you’re done browsing for fresh ingredients, head upstairs to eat at the hawker food court. Also, this Chinatown markets is spotlessly clean, its floors hosed down regularly for hygiene, so don’t worry about the cleanliness of your food!
Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the world’s busiest wholesale fish, fruit and vegetable market and is a must for sushi and sashimi lovers. You can walk into just about any shop and you’ll be guaranteed a mouth-watering meal made from the freshest produce. The outer market is where you can get a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. For an experience to remember, head to the market early in the morning for the tuna auction action. Besides tuna, you also feast your eyes on other seafood such as oysters, octopus, abalone and salmon.
Shi Lin Night Market - Taipei, Taiwan
A smorgasbord of flavours, Shi Lin Night Market is heaven for serious food lovers. Be sure to come here with an empty stomach. The maze of alleyways is filled with food stalls selling local, traditional and international foods, from oyster omelets to even more exotic snacks like duck tongue. Along the western edge of the market is the food court, an underground food paradise. A tip is to head straight for the original branch of Hot Star – a popular store that churns out enormous slabs of friend chicken dusted in an addictive five-spice powder.
Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This area is quiet during the day, but when the sun sets, everything comes to life. Here you’ll get the best street food with row after row of hawker stalls to explore. This market is loved by locals and visitors alike with some of the city’s tastiest and most interesting food finds. You can satisfy your cravings for quintessentially Malaysia food like satay and nasi lemak here. One of the strangest things you can buy is “chicken fish,” which looks like a fish, but tastes exactly like chicken! If you come across a menu in Chinese with no translation available, don’t turn away, but ask for a recommendation instead!
Kashgar Sunday Bazaar - Kashgar, China
This market has been operating as a Silk Road market for centuries, offering up delicious goods sourced from the region and up for sale all week. It is split into two distinct sections. The Bazaar is lively, welcoming thousands of shoppers each week and offers a huge array of foods and goods. Fruits, spices, nuts, exotic produce and hundreds of other items can be bought any day of the week. One thing that you cannot miss and that has been raved about by almost everyone who has tried one is the lamb kebabs, which are cooked up by several different merchants everyday.
Kuta Night Markets - Bali, Indonesia
These night markets, referred to locally as Pasar Senggol Kuta are the perfect opportunity to get in touch with the local cuisine, at a bargain price. There are in fact two separate night markets, several minutes away from each other, that fall under this market. During the day, only a few stalls are open, while others mostly cater to dinner times with certain types of cuisine requiring longer times to prepare, such as gulai kambing (lamb stew) and soto babat (beef tripe soup). When you walk by, you’ll see stalls bustling with locals as they make hot-off-the-wok treats.